Reno’s weekly kindness report: Indian food, neon art and gifts for the garbage man


While COVID-19 continues to spread in the Reno and surrounding communities, so too does kindness.

If you or someone you know has been unusually kind in these difficult times, let us know by emailing reporter Jenny Kane at 

Here’s your weekly dose of kindness:

Food for the soul

Indian food restaurant India Kabab and Curry is serving 100 free meals a day between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to anyone in need of a hot meal until further notice.

Show up at the side door of the restaurant and you will be greeted with a complimentary meal. Most meals (depending on availability will include) rice, two vegetarian items, chicken tikka masala and naan bread.

Restaurant owner Bishan Singh said he will try to keep the meals coming for about a week if not longer. On Thursday, the restaurant’s first day handing out meals, about 93 people showed up, Singh said. 

“We need to help each other. I’ve been here 12 years, the people have supported me and it’s my time to support the people,” he said. 

‘Home’ is where the art is

Neon artist Jeffrey Johnson made a neon sculpture that read “Home” on a hill above Reno.

The installation was above Keystone Avenue and McCarran Boulevard, according to the Double Scoop blog. 

 The installation is a play on both the state song, “Home Means Nevada,” but also a nod to the stay at home order for Nevadans, Johnson told Double Scoop. 

Gifts for the garbage man

“My son waits every Friday to watch (the garbage man) do his job,” said Cassie Paczkowski, of Reno. 

She left the garbage man a goodie bag with some beers, soda, healthy snacks, and some pocket hand sanitizers on trash day last week.

When he showed up, the garbage man got out of his truck and his face completely lit up with a smile from ear to ear before moving the bin back into place. The garbage man waved to the boy in the window and brought the mom to tears. 

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Jenny Kane covers arts and culture in Northern Nevada, as well as the dynamic relationship between the state and the growing Burning Man community. She also covers the state’s burgeoning cannabis industry (Check out her podcast, the Potcast, on iTunes.) Support her work in Reno by subscribing to right here

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